Yoga For Golfers: Increasing Stability and Power in Your Swing
Yoga performance specialist Katherine Roberts, who works with golfers as well as major league baseball teams, demonstrates yoga poses that will help create more stability, strength and power in your golf swing.
Released on 4/29/2016
Hi, I'm Katherine Roberts.
In this next Yoga for Golfers training tip,
we're gonna talk about setting your feet
and activating the power of the ground,
what we call ground reaction forces
because in the golf swing the first thing we do
is we set our feet at address,
some of us have a little bit of a waggle,
and we try to feel the connection to the ground.
So grounding is a very important aspect of having
an efficient golf swing.
So let's start out with your feet nice and wide.
Turn your right foot out and left foot in, okay?
Now, I want you to, before you begin,
imagine that you're pulling power up from the legs.
So I should see the quads working.
The arches are lifting.
And then press the energy back down into the ground.
So, one more time, pull the power up.
And now we'll start to drive the hips.
So, a stable lower body is critical for golf
for many reasons.
Number one, most of the power comes from the glutes
in the lower body.
Number two, for endurance purposes.
So I want you to stay as strong, physically, as possible
on the whole round of golf because it will help you stay
mentally focused as well.
So then pause here.
Bring the elbow to the knee.
Now, for many of us with a tight hip,
this knee might be flopping in a little bit
so I want the knee to open up so press your elbow
against your knee a little bit.
Now, here's the subtle cue.
Drag your left heel clockwise, okay?
You're gonna feel more of the left glute fire up.
And then pull your chest forward.
Bring the left arm up.
Take an inhale and open, press against the knee,
and then exhale, rotate the torso.
So you're not just rotating the arm,
you're rotating the whole torso, just like the golf swing.
So, if you're a left-handed golfer,
I want you to think finish, finish, finish,
big finish here.
Now, extend your left arm over your head, okay?
For many of us, we're looking for a wider arc,
more extension in the swing.
Hold here and breathe and stretch.
You want 20 more yards?
Stretch 20 percent more.
And hold for three more breaths.
Come on up and switch sides.
That sequence is a very powerful sequence
that you can do every other day to create more stability,
strength, and power in your golf swing.